Veta Little Moyes was a selfless volunteer, NASCAR enthusiast

Sunday, June 1, 2014 | 7:23 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA —Veta Little Moyes learned the value of self-sacrifice at an early age, and it was a characteristic she carried with her throughout her life.

Growing up on her family farm in Woodlandville, Mrs. Moyes and her two sisters worked outside to help their father, and even plowed the fields behind a mule in the days before tractors.

"She was quite a girl," her brother, Bud Little, said. "She was an outdoor girl and really loved living in the country."

Mrs. Moyes died Friday, May 30, 2014, at The Bluffs in Columbia. She was 99.

Mrs. Moyes was born Aug. 11, 1914, in Woodlandville. She graduated from the University of Missouri Laboratory School in 1933 and went on to take business classes at Orton-Rice Business School in Columbia. She met her husband, W.E. "Bill" Moyes, at work. They married in 1937 and were married for 67 years until Bill's death in 2005.

"Everyone who knew her saw her as kind and caring," her son, Bill Moyes, said. "She emulated the kind of life we should all strive to live in terms of character, self-sacrifice."

Mrs. Moyes dedicated much of her time to volunteer work. She was a founding member of the Women's Cancer Control Program board at Ellis Fischel Cancer Center. She helped coordinate fundraisers for the center, address envelopes and accomplish various tasks around the hospital.

"She was more interested in the needs of others than her own personal challenges," Bill said.

Mrs. Moyes was also faithful fan of NASCAR driver Carl Edwards. She watched every one of his races on TV, cheering on the Columbia native throughout his career.  She also cheered for the St. Louis Cardinals and the Missouri Tigers.

A longtime member of Wilkes Blvd UMC, she participated in the United Methodist Women group and is a member of Rebekah Lodge 383. 

Mrs. Moyes came from a family of good genes and long, prosperous life, Bill Moyes said. Her mother lived to be 104, and her brother, Bud Little, 94, still lives and works on a farm.

Mrs. Moyes is survived by her son William "Bill" Moyes and his wife, Alice Wondra; her brother E.V. "Bud" Little and his wife, Ruth; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

Her parents, Vincil and Pauline Little; her husband, W.E. "Bill" Moyes; and two sisters, Elinor Dolen Dietz and Irma Whitehouse Sagen North, died earlier.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday at Memorial Park Cemetery, 1217 Business Loop 70 W. The visitation will follow from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at Memorial Funeral Home at the same address.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Veta Moyes Memorial, c/o Wilkes Blvd UMC, 702 Wilkes Boulevard, Columbia, MO 65201.

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